KIT Digital’s Shopping Spree Continues

KIT Digital has spent the last several years acquiring customers and new features by buying out competitors. That shopping spree continues, with the company announcing that it has purchased New York-based KickApps, San Francisco-based Kyte and Paris-based Kewego all for a total of $77.2 million.

Vid-Biz: Blockbuster, Kyte, Warner Bros.

Today on the Internet: Blockbuster’s head of digital strategy talks smack about Netflix and Apple, Kyte makes a move for mobile with new Blackberry features and NBC U’s iVillage seeks out women to contribute blogs and vidoes to the site’s new UGC section.

5 Questions With…Kyte CEO Daniel Graf

In the latest installment of our weekly Q&A feature, Kyte co-founder Daniel Graf calls out the problems with release windows, refuses to pick sides when it comes to Flash and HTML5 and is apparently pretty damn excited about the 2010 World Cup.

Vid-Biz: Sony, Kyte, Diva

Around the ‘Net today: Sony looks to TV sales and network services for growth, Kyte talks up iPad ads, and Diva takes its VOD service. Plus, lots of talking points from the Cable Show.

Kyte Adds Facebook Integration

Kyte is pushing the social aspect of video distribution even further with the launch of a new framework for building applications that integrate with Facebook. The video distribution firm says the new Kyte Facebook Application Framework will allow its media customers to create interactive video experiences and more easily connect with their fans on the social network.

The application framework is designed to increase viral distribution of its customers’ videos by enabling viewers to find videos when browsing a publisher fan page and be notified when a new video is published. Kyte has also added support for new features that Facebook announced at its f8 developers conference last week, including social plugins that will allow its customers to add a ‘Like’ button to their videos or to embed a Facebook recommendations box on their page.

Kyte isn’t the only video distribution player to roll out support for Facebook’s new social video plugins. Brightcove also announced support for Facebook’s open graph and social plugins last week. But Kyte has been pretty aggressively pushing social video for some time. That, as well as a focus on mobile video sharing, has been a key differentiator for Kyte as it tries to sign up media companies to use its platform.

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Vid-Biz: Adobe vs. Apple, Irdeto, mDialog

Adobe Might Sue Apple Over Apps; Sources say that Adobe will take Apple to court within a few weeks if the companies aren’t able to resolve an issue of whether or not Adobe can sell tools that will allow Flash developers to build iPhone apps. (IT World)
YuMe to Integrate Online Video Ads Into Microsoft Silverlight; the online video ad startup announced that it will integrate its ad platform to work with Microsoft Silverlight. (Beet.TV)
Netflix Adds Irdeto To Protect Streaming Video; Netflix has licensed Irdeto’s Cloakware Embedded Security content-protection software, which it will use to expand the array of devices that are able to stream TV shows and movies over the Internet. (Multichannel News)
mDialog Joins With Akamai for First Ad Overlays on the iPad; the mobile video and ad management startup will support in-stream interactive ad overlays for the iPad powered by the Akamai HD Network. (VentureBeat)
Turner Sports Gears Up For Playoffs; Turner Sports will provide multi-platform coverage of the 2010 National Basketball Association playoffs, including some 50 live playoff telecasts combined on TNT and beginning Sunday. (Multichannel News)
Digital Economy Act: Ofcom Gives Four Months For P2P Consultation; Ofcom says it will finalize the code that governs how ISPs must notify infringing subscribers by September. (paidContent:UK)
Gotuit Integrates With FreeWheel To Enable Superior Content Monetization; time-based metadata will help to provide better monetization opportunities. (press release)
FCC Chief Worried Over Retrans Aftershocks; Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski said he favored the marketplace over the government in retrans negotiations, but still thought there were “legitimate questions” about whether the process needed review. (Multichannel News)
Spanish Language Network V-me Integrates Kyte as Video Publishing Solution; V-me will be first to offer a Spanish iPad video application, planned for broad distribution via Apple’s App Store. (press release)

Vid-Biz: Microsoft TV, Sony 3-D, YouTube

Microsoft Submits Patent for TV Recommendations; in a recent patent filed with the USPTO, Microsoft has sought to bolster its product offerings with a recommendation engine for TV shows and movies based on user interests. (Go Rumors)
Sony Plans 3-D Public Viewing Venues; Sony, which owns the exclusive 3-D rights to the 2010 World Cup football, has announced that it will open up public viewing venues in a number of countries including Germany and the UK. (Broadband TV News)
YouTube Starts Linking Back To The Blogs That Drive It Traffic; YouTube is introducing a new “as seen on” feature that will credit and link to sources driving traffic to a particular video. (Silicon Alley Insider)
Kyte Is Coming to Your Living Room Through Boxee; the Kyte Boxee App Framework allows you to deliver a fully-branded video experience through Boxee to PCs and television sets. (Kyte blog)
Pioneer One, A BitTorrent Exclusive TV-Series; producers want to finance new show through sponsorship and donations, while distributing it via torrent sites. (Torrentfreak)
Silicon Valley Plots TV Takeover as Web Connections Become Norm; most TV sets for sale by 2013 will be able to connect to the Internet right out of the box, setting the stage for companies such as Google, Yahoo and Intel to make televisions a lot more like computers. (Bloomberg)
UK ISP Says It Will Not Follow Digital Economy Bill Rules; TalkTalk is going to fight disconnect orders for repeat file sharing infringers in court. (Techdirt)

Vid-Biz: FCC, Kyte, Microsoft

Cable Firms Seek FCC Help in Fee Disputes; several major cable companies and a public interest group asked the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to intervene in disputes over transmission fees. (Washington Post)
Kyte now Offering Broadcast-Quality Live Video Streaming Backpack; the LivePro backpack, made by LiveU, will be released at SXSW. (TechCrunch)
Microsoft Launches Free Rival to BBC iPlayer; new UK-only video service will launch with a thousand hours of free British programming. (TimesOnline)
Distance Ed Students Forming College Clubs Online; students working toward degrees online are forming groups to recreate the social and professional opportunities of campus life, including video lectures and Q&As. (USA Today)
Online Challenge: Getting TV Viewers to Pay Up; in Canada, Bell Canada and Rogers’ cable division launched subscriber-only online TV services last fall, but they’re not making any money yet. (The Globe and Mail)
Covering the Street Protests in Tehran: How Reuters Curates UGC via Twitter; Beet.TV speaks with Greg Beitchman, Global Editor of the Reuters News Agency about Reuters’ use of citizen journalism. (Beet.TV)

Kyte Updates Its Video Management Platform

Kyte rolled out the latest update to its white-label video management platform today, in an effort to provide its customers with easier-to-use workflow, scheduling, moderation and player management. The launch of Kyte Console 2.0, which went live this morning, marks a “complete reworking” of the platform, according to Kyte COO Gannon Hall, one that came after a year of examining how customers were using its dashboard and determining ways it could be made more intuitive.

The biggest changes that the console makes are around the user experience, reducing the number of steps it takes for customers to accomplish basic tasks and allowing them to customize the editorial workflow to streamline processes. The new console also provides more advanced scheduling of shows and other videos on the platform and the ability to create manual or smart playlists.

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